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NEWS 



"The Paper" connecting all Whiting fr Davis interests. 



Volume 4 



Plainville, Mass., April 13, 1923 



Number 8 



Dansant Bracelet Bags 
Prove Popular. 

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No. 8428/8429 

At the 'Dance" you will find 
them necessary. 




A Dainty Parisian 
Inspired Novelty. 




No. 8452/8458 

One of Many Beautiful 
Sunset Mesh Combinations. 



Salt Lake City, Utah — Looking North on Main St. 



Making Business Effort 
Unpopular. 

Not long ago a business acquaintance 
of the writer, a man in the prime of life 
and the enjoyment of good health, re- 
tired from active business. He had built 
up during the period of his industrial 
experience, a successful and useful en- 
terprise. He was generally recognized 
as a leader in his particular line of en- 
deavor. Through the exercise of qual- 
ities of executive capacity, of grit and 
determination, of vision and sound judg- 
ment, of thrift and economy, of high 
character and integrity and a thorough 
understanding of the requirements of 
his business, the undertaking had shown 
a continuous and consistent improve- 
ment under his energetic management. 
From an insignificant beginning it had 
grown to the proportions of an impor- 
tant and flourishing industry employing 
several hundred men and possessing an 
unexcelled reputation for the quality of 
its goods and services. 

In order to promote the rapid devel- 
opment of his growing business, this 
man had contributed every dollar of its 
Cont'd on page 2 



Sterling Silver Week 

Give Her Sterling. 



The week of May 14th-19th, has been 
set for "National Sterling Silver Week," 
when interest all over the country will 
be aroused and inspection of retailers' 
stocks on the part of the public, 
prompted by the co-operation of the Na- 
tional Retail Jewelers' Association, Gifts 
that Last, the trade press and other in- 
terests. 

Enterprise such as this is worth while, 
for it fastens the attention of millions of 
people upon a product and its industry 
which, for centuries, has been looked 
upon with favor by the "Nobility" in 
every land and now in the democracy of 
the present day, who is there among us 
who feels too poor and who, by a little 
self-denial at some time or other, can- 
not buy something, an article for a 
loved one or friend, of which he may 
well feel proud to be the giver. The 
"Middle of May" seems a very appro- 
priate time, for June, you know, is the 
"Bride's Month." 

Not alone to the Sterling Silver In- 
Continued on page 2, Col. 1 



Notice. 

During vacation week in August, 
1922, we paid all employees that had 
been in our employ one year and less 
than two years one-half pay. All em- 
ployees that had been with us over two 
years, full pay. We propose to follow 
this plan in our annual vacation this 
year, which will probably be first week 
of August, as usual. 

(Signed) C. A. Whiting. 



The New Dansant Bracelet Bags. 



The many letters of inquiry relative 
to the new Dansant Bracelet Bags which 
are being received at the factory are 
most extraordinary in view of the fact 
that advertisements of this dainty con- 
ception are appearing for the first time 
in the March magazines and trade pa- 
pers. 

Nothing like such prompt and direct 
returns have ever before been noted in 
our experience, and stamps with approv- 
al the latest Whiting & Davis offering of 
mesh bags. 



WADCO NEWS 



Wadco News 

Published Semi-Monthly 
by Employees of Whiting & Davis Co. 

Plainville, Mass. 

Editor . . H. B. Rowan 

Associate Editors. 



Lawrence Cook 
Harriet Wales 
Rhea Larock 
Rita Abrams 
Elsie Hemingson 
Dick Barton 
Frank Gaddes 
Erwin Sylvia 
Frank Brown 



Canadian Factory 

Woonsocket Branch 

Sol'd Mesh Dept. 

• Unsol'd Mesh Dept. 

Spiral Dept. 

Mesh Dept. 

Stamp Dept. 

Tool Dept. 

Bench Dept. 



COMMERCIAL PRESS-PRINTERS 

Cont'd from Page 1 Col. 2 
dustry does a week set aside such as this 
benefit, but all kindred trades are 
helped in the process of getting people 
to think of the home town Jeweler, and 
so we should give not only our support 
but enthusiasm as well to make this 
week the success it merits for better and 
bigger business. 

Too long has the industry slumbered 
and allowed younger ones to come for- 
ward displacing it in its position of 
precedence. For hundreds of years it 
has been a sign, that, a lady or gentle- 
man's jewelry stamped them with the 
Hall Mark of Gentilitv. 



Fresh attractive merchandise will 
please, when that which is dusty, spotted, 
or in poor condition, will not draw a 
second look. Consider the customer and 
how the general effect of stock shown 
will be likely to strike him. 



A Jeweler says "Mesh Bags sell most 
readilv. and Whiting & Davis stands for 
Mesh Bags." 



Metal Prices. 

Platinum soft, $116.00 per oz. 
Platinum 5% Iridium, $124.00 oz. 
Bar Gold— S88, D2— Gold parity in 
London 85 shillings. 

Bar Silver, foreign, 67V>c per oz. 
Gov. Assay Bars, 69"/sc per oz. 
Copper, 17Vf»c per lb. 
High Brass Sheets, 21.75c. 
Low Brass Sheets, 23.50c. 
High Brass Wire. 22.25c. 
Low Brass Wire, 24.00c. 



Whiting Club Holds Dance Party. 

Easter Monday night, the Whiting 
Club held an informal invitation dance 
in the Recreation Building. Over 150 
members and invited guests danced to 
the music furnished by the Neapolitan 
Harmony Boys. Chef Olsen served re- 
freshments throughout the evening. 

This was the first of what it is hoped 
will be a series of invitation dances and 
was successful in every way. The com- 
mittee in charge consisted of Gene Man- 
chester, Oliver Gagnon, Elsie Hemming- 
sen, Reta Abrams and Ed. Schriever. 



"Sales." a magazine gotten out by the 
Kevstone Publishing Co.. as an "inspira- 
tion for the Jewelrv Salesman," carries 
an illustrated descriptive article on "The 
Manufacture of Mesh Bags," in its April 
issue. 



Work or a Job— Which? 

A contractor was paving a wide street. 
The workmen were all colored people. 
The white foreman came along one day 
and said to a colored sub-boss: "Did 
you hire that Jack Johnson I sent to 
you?" "No, suh," said the negro, "I 
asked him did he want to work or did 
he jest want er job, and he said: T want 
er job,' and so I didn't hire 'im." 



Alice Bobbins is pleased to tell us she 
has lost four pounds. Did she lose them 
when she fell down the other night with 
Leo? We might ask. 



New England Department Store Trade. 

BY FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, BOSTON, MASS. 













Outstanding 












Orders 


Net Sales 


Stocks ; 


it Retail 




for Merchan- 


during Feb., 1923, 


on Feb. 


28, 1923, 


Ratio 


dise on Feb. 28, 


compai 


ed with 


conpai 


'ed with 


of Stocks 


1923, compared 


Feb., 


Tan., 


Feb. -S, 


Jan. 31, 


to Net Sales 


with Purchases 


1922 


1923 


1922 


1923 


Feb.. 1923 


during 1922 


+ 9.6% 


—12.7% 


+9.5% 


+7.7% 


3.82 


7.7% ( 7 stores) 


+11.9% 


—15.0% 


+0.8% 


+6.4% 


5.26 


8.83 (10 stores) 


+10.0% 


—13.1% 


+7.2% 


+7.4% 


4.09 


7.9% (17 stores) 


+ 4.9% 


—29.4% 


+7.2% 


-0.8% 


2.28 


( 3 stores) 



Under these circumstances it seemed 
to this man that the benefits received by 
him personally did not compensate him 



8 Boston Department Stores 
16 Other N. E. Department Stores 
24 Total Department Stores 

4 Women's Apparel Shops 

Making Business Effort Unpopular. 

Cont'd from Page 1 Col. 1 
earnings beyond the needs of his own ment. 
scant personal requirements, for the fur- 
ther expansion of the plant and its fa- 
cilities, making possible the employ- 
ment of additional help and a substan- adequately for the carrying of these ir- 
tial increase in production. ritating burdens in addition to the risks 

In explanation of his action in retir- and responsibilities which were inherent 
ing from this useful and active service in the conduct of the business itself, 
he says that he has been discouraged Accordingly, he disposed of his own- 
from further effort along these lines be- ership of the enterprise at the most fa- 
cause of the present attitude of society vorable terms he was able to secure, in- 
to ward the business man. In years of vested the purchase money in tax ex- 
adversity he stood his losses, while a empt securities in order to avoid further 
major portion of his earnings during annovance from taxation disputes, and 
the subsequent years of prosperity have then departed on the first real vacation 
gone to the government in payment of he had enjoyed since embarking upon 
taxes. A substantial portion of his time his business career, 
and much expenditure of money had Tnis is mere l v the recital of an iso- 

been consumed in compiling and sup- ]ated case but we „ av we n que stion how 
plying information of various kinds to a manv s j nl ii ar instances are being re- 
great variety of governmental agencies 
having supervisory or inquisitorial au- 
thority over his operations. The success 
of his enterprise has seemed to stimulate 
numerous hostile criticisms and attacks 
by various irresponsible elements in the 
community. It had become necessary to 
employ a special attorney to keep him 
advised upon the multitude of statutes 
and ordinances which were enacted from 
year to year and which in one manner or 
another affected the conduct of his busi- 
ness. Their correct interpretation was 



Advertising should impress rather 
than express. 



frequently a matter of crave doubt and 
uncertainty and their observance a con- 
stant source of annoyance and expense. 
In addition to all of these handicaps 
there was a continuous and ever increas- 
ing demand from his employees for 
higher wages, shorter hours of labor and 
more attractive conditions of employ- 



corded throughout the country today be- 
cause of like causes. The world is bad- 
lv in need of the knowledge, skill, en- 
ergy and trained judgment of its success- 
ful business men in order to meet the 
serious problems of the hour. We re- 
quire the whole-souled and enthusiastic 
co-operation of men of demonstrated 
ability and resourcefulness in order to 
bring our industrial situation once more 
into balance. It is not going to be pos- 
sible, however, to avail ourselves of the 
full value of their services if we con- 
tinue to harrass them to the point of 
discouragement. 

We cannot destroy personal ambition 
and initiative and at the same time profit 
from their beneficent influences. — 
Charles R. Gow, President Associated 
Industries of Massachusetts. 



The road to success isn't marked, there is a blind corner about every mile. 



WADCO NEWS 



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i Philosophic Talks j 
| if SERVICE H | 



SERVICE i 

J. C. Northrop. 

The dictionary definition of service is 
"giving assistance to another or to oth- 
ers. 

To be of real service to another, one 
must be unselfish. Byron says, "To have 
joy one must share it. Happiness was 
born a twin." 

It will not occasion you pain to be of 
service to others, unless it gives you a 
pain to see your fellow beings prosper- 
ous and happy. But to become insensi- 
ble to the pain and misfortunes of oth- 
ers is to forfeit the possibility of happi- 
ness for yourself. Some of the greatest 
joys of life are derived from acts of 
service to our fellow beings willingly 
rendered. 

All men get their own in the last 
analysis. Your own is what returns to 
you in happiness or misery. Charles F. 
Haanel, in Mental Chemistry, says: 
"Destiny is determined, for nations and 
for individuals, by factors and forces 
that are really fundamental — such as 
men's attitude toward one another. 
Ideals and motives are more potent than 
events in shaping history." 

Emerson tells us that: "Men suffer 
all their life long under the foolish su- 
perstition that they can be cheated. But 
it is as impossible for a man to be cheat- 
ed by any one but himself, as for a thing 
to be and not to be at the same time. 
There is a third silent party to all our 
bargains. The nature and soul of things 
takes on itself the guaranty of the ful- 
fillment of every contract, so that honest 
service cannot come to loss." 

You may acquire riches by being un- 
selfish, but I doubt it. But even if you 
did, it would come under the head of 
Anaxagora's definition, who described 
the mausoleum as "the ghost of wealth 
turned to stone." 

Some folks refuse to put an ounce of 
labor into repairing a rented house, be- 
cause thev might be "doing something 
for nothing." Is vour own and yonr 
family comfort and health "nothing"? 
Render service to others and others will 
render you the same. Do not be afraid 
of doing too much; it is doing too little 
that causes dry rot. 

Help a fellow being in his hour of 
need, and you will not feel ashamed to 
share with him in his prosperity. 

We can all do things to serve others, 
even if we are not overburdened with 
this world's goods. Hamilton Wright 
Mabie remarks: "The q-iestion for each 
man to settle is not what he would do if 







Showing Home of Richard Berkley Mgk. of Mesh Machine Dept. 



Spiral Dept. Notes 

Elsie Hemmingson wants to know why 
they can't get the work to the girls be- 
fore 29 1/ 2 minutes to eleven Saturday 
morning. This is mighty hard on some 
who only have a few hours sleep of a 
night, besides thoughts of sweethearts 
detract their attention just before the 11 
o'clock shut down hour of a Saturday. 



Service Dept. Notes 

Mildred Schwing is giving the depart- 
ment a great surprise. It is either the 
operator or the minister's son. 



How is it that Attleboro girls come 
up here to the dances? Is it the dance 
or the ride in the Ford coupe. How 
about it, B.? 



There is more than one young lady in- 
terested in purchasing a "Dancing 
Frock." Clothes at this particular time 
is the question of the hour. 



Don't forget the Isabellas Dance 
April 19. Come and see some of our 
shopmates in the drill. Drilled by Capt. 
Williams of Attleboro. 



Anna Plante has severed connections 
with the Spiral Department. 



Jennie Precourt says she has joined 
the "Pencil Pushers" Union. Note! She 
carries a pencil in her hair. 



Little Mary and Rose Boyle enjoyed 
the "Third Alarm" last week. Fire 
trucks and everything, so they say. 



Hazel Roberts and May Bell, in knick- 
ers, visited North Attleboro last Wednes- 
day and were certainly the center of at- 
traction as they walked the main street. 



Mrs. Weatherbe lives in the country, 
but we all think a few lessons on ani- 
mals wouldn't be bad. She saw a rabbit 
and asked, "What's those, his wings?" 
We all knew it was his ears. 



Little Thelma Hemingson, Bertha Go- 
bin and Coriss Hoffman will give danc- 
ing exhibitions in the "Spring Festival" 
at Red Men's Hall, April 20th, under 
the auspices of Elsie Thompson Olsen. 
Tickets are 55c. 



Eva Contois went riding a la Ford. 
On reaching the bridge at Walpole, the 
two front wheels came off. We hope on 
better luck next time. 



Frank Martin uses hair groom on his 
hair nowadavs. He surely is like Ru- 
dolph Valentino. 



Announcement made Wednesday that 
iron production in March had broken 
all monthly records in the country's his- 
tory. This is significant, as iron is in- 
dex to general business activity. Rail- 
roads have appropriated $1,100 000,000 
for cars, motor power and roadways. 

he had means, time, influence and edu- 
cational advantages, but what he will 
do with the things he has." 



Harry Batcheldor asked Bertha if she 
ever danced the five-step shortes, and 
Bertha replied, "What kind of a fire in- 
surance is that?" 



Mrs. McCarthy has been the matron 
of the Skating Rink and now she would 
love to be at the Club House. 



How about the third alarm, Ida? Was 
it Leo or Raymond? 



What we believe, what we think, whatwe expect, shapes our lives. 



CAUGHT IW THE MESH 



Do You Know That— 

Someone has sent in the following. 
What do you think of it? Let us have 
Mair opinion on it. 

Best dressed — Hilda Kriegel. 

Prettiest — Isabel 1 Heon. 

Most attractive — Madeline Doran. 

Stoutest — Alice Blatchford. 

Pleasingly thin — Florence King. 

Shortest — Violetta Volois. 

Tallest — Elsie Quirk. 

Cutest — Yvonne Bishop. 

Most popular — Rhea LaRock. 

Classiest — Ethel Anderson. 

Neatest — Louise Quinn. 

Best dressed — Ed. Shriever. 

Best looking — Sturgis Rice. 

Most attractive — Walter McCann. 

Stoutest — Engineer. 

Pleasingly thin — Gene Manchester. 

Tallest — Daniel Sullivan. 

Cutest — Tony Nordelli. 

Most popular — Frank Brown. 

Classiest — Leon Mayshaw. 

Neatest — Ed. Manchester. 

Prettiest hair — Wm. Mahone. 



Mesh Joining Notes. 

Grace Crowley and Elsie Proal now 
have their hair King "Tut" style. 



Spring is here! How do we know? 
Why, Al DeBlois has been seen out with 
his Overland 4. Al waits for the Rob- 
ins and Bluebirds every year. 



Soldered Mesh Notes. 

Now, Tina, what do we hear about 
you in a Worcester millinery store? 
Thought we didn't know about it, eh? 



Flora Gamache goes to a nerve spe- 
cialist when taking her vocal lessons. 



Stop! Look! Listen! Bill Sweet 
has given up eating candy. Bill says it's 
time when the doctor tells you you are 
eleven years older than you really are. 
So bring on your diet book, girls. All 
will be thankfully received by our Bill. 



The Sheldonville Ford Sedan is in Florence Whiting would like to know 

great demand with Eda Barney and Ma- w ho it was that pulled her chair away 
bel Aver. 



when she sat down. 



Funny, people can't go to church in- 
stead of whist parties during Lent. Don't 
you think so, Eliza? 

Madrid lies higher than any other 
European capital. Its height above the 
sea is 2,090 feet. 

Louise Dodge is greatly interested in 
wedding rings. We wonder why. 



Doris Martin says "Isn't love grand 
when we have a nice lad like Charlie C. 
This in the Spring-time especially." 



We will have to get an anchor for 
Florence King, so the wind won't blow 
her away. 



Tell us, Lillian, why you don't like 
crochet neck ties. 



Last week a doll was on exhibit, 
dressed entirely in Painted Mesh, with a 
miniature bangle bracelet and bead 
necklace, all products of the Chain Co. 
It made quite a hit with the young ladies 
and several are imitating the produc- 
tion A'la King "Tut" style. 



Right thinking means right action. 



John Killian, on leaving the employ 
of the Chain Co., was presented a twenty 
dollar gold piece by his shopmates and 
friends. 



Tillie Henrich has been seen out of 
doors this week and we are glad to learn 
that her health is improving. 



Miss Betty Swanson is wearing a dia- 
mond on her fourth, left. Who is the 
lucky fellow, Betty? 



Edwin Schriever, formerly of the 
Chain Co.. is now a salesman for the 
American Tobacco Co. 



We'll say Ethel Anderson is some 
pool player from all accounts reaching 
the Wadco. 



Woonsocket Branch. 

We a°:ain see Connie and his flivver 
parked in front of the shop waiting for 
Maggie, after being snowed in all win- 
ter. 

Mrs. Hoyt and Edna Rhodes would 
like to have their pictures appear in the 
Wadco. They too have "very becom- 
ing" ornaments for their hair. 

Emma Perreault drinks "Grand Union 
Coffee" to her heart's content. 

Spring cleaning was in order last Fri- 
day. Every girl did her bit. Mrs. Tru- 
deau can vouch for that. 

Hereafter. Agnes Perreault would like 
her college ices served in a dishpan. A 
box is not large enough. 

Something's in the air. since Mrs. 
Owen curled her hair. Her husband 
evidently thinks so, as he visits the shop 
quite frequently. 

Reaina "blew" up the street the other 
night like a whirlwind. We hope she 
didn't miss her date. 

Myrtie Staples has proven to us that 
she is a trusting wife. She even lets her 
husband take Harriet Whiting home. 



Dorothy Bell had an eventful ten min- 
utes while riding on the electrics one 
day when she had the car stopped twice 
to chase her doggie home. 



Ellen Peck likes her work in Pascoag, 
but misses the girls of the Soldered 
Mesh Dept. 



Mildred Waldron loves to ride on ele- 
vators. She says it gives one such a 
funny feeling. 



Clementine makes quite a hit with her 
knickers at the rink. And Oh, My! 
Some skater, we'll say. 



A letter was received by one of the 
girls of the department from Edna En- 
tails of Franklin, a former employee. 
She wishes to be remembered to all her 
shopmates. Edna is now employed in 
Franklin at present but says "You will 
go some to beat Whiting & Davis 
bosses." 



Lost — An ear ring in the recreation 
building. Finder please return to Doris 
Martin. 



Roy Wilson is the proud possessor of 
a motorcycle. Be careful, Roy, they're 
cantankerus. 



Alphie Precourt answers to the name 
of Baby Face now. 



"Don't Throw Butts." 

A notice has been put up in the smok- 
ing room of the Recreation Building not 
to throw butts out the windows as last 
week a fire was started, but seen in time 
to avert damage. 



Tina's latest catch is a tall young man 
of the Valentino tvpe. She vows lie is 
a coi'sin. but that's an old story, Tina, 
so think of something better. 



Betty Larock has it all over Cleopatra 
for vamping. Ask the boys. They 
know. 

Lincoln said that: Fo 



Tessa Corrisjan Smith is with us 
ajrain. She was our old cut-up. We 
hope married life has not made any dif- 
ference to you, Tess. 
Iks are usually about as happy as they m 



Mrs. Edmond Corrigan wishes to ex- 
press her thanks to the employees in the 
factory for their kindnesses in her re- 
cent bereavement in the loss of her hus- 
band. 
ake up their minds to be.